by Kristen C. Strocchia
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6
Imagine showing up in heaven and being totally shocked that there really is a God and you’re standing–or more likely, kneeling–before Him.
I’ve heard many say that they’re trying their best to live a good life, to be a good person. But Isaiah 64:6 tells us that because of sin, all of our righteous acts–aka all of the “good” that we do of our own accord–are like filthy rags compared to the holiness of God.
Unless we have faith–absolute certainty that the God we cannot physically see–exists, how can we possibly hope to please Him? How can we know what He accepts as good? After all, if God exists, then I am not my own god, and it is His definition of goodness alone by which I will be judged.
For judged we will all be [Hebrews 9:27].
But God rewards. This is the often overlooked portion by those who find God’s ways to be intolerant. Just as Olympians and Super Bowl champions are rewarded for their disciplined training with a singular focus on an ultimate prize, so those who put their faith in God and earnestly seek Him will find rewards in eternity.
There will be no accidental admissions to eternal life. No one who says, “Oh wow, there really is a God, and somehow I managed to be good enough by His standards to get in.” Though many are playing that kind of Russian roulette with their life. On the contrary, faith is purposeful. And only by seeking God will we ultimately know and fulfill our purpose in His eternal plan.
Do you believe that God exists? Are you earnestly seeking Him?